Friday, April 25, 2008

Tying it all Together - Civil Rights Mini Course- Unit 1

On Monday, you will participate in a "threaded discussion" covering the packets, videos, Internet sites and lecture material we've dealt with in the past two weeks. Be prepared to participate in the threaded discussion. Rather than discuss issues of reparations as we originally planned, we'll focus on the symbolism behind the "noose" and it's relevance in recent events including the Jena 6 incident.
To learn more about Jena 6, visit the link below for MANY stories on the topic.
NPR coverage of Jena 6
Original Post on Unit 1(including questions):

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Meds and Teenagers in the News

Extra credit opportunities for Psychology students. Read or listen to one of the following stories. Post your comment. In your comment, discuss your opinion on the issue dealt with in the news story you selected.
A number of stories on the topic of meds and children/teenagers have appeared in the media in recent months. Here is a sampling:
NPR story: Growing up on Meds:
New York Times editorial - Coming of Age on Antidepressants:
"Antidepressant Overload"
Antidepressants and Suicide:
Watch PBS "Frontline" episode "The Medicated Child"
More extra credit opportunities under the "Schizophrenia Resources" post
Note: Documentary on PBS - Topic: Depression

Schizophrenia Resources

1. Read, "The Schizophrenic Mind,"Newsweek, March 11, 2002
Answer the following questions in your notes:
What is schizophrenia?
What causes schizophrenia?
What are some symptoms of schizophrenia?
What treatment options are available for schizophrenics?
Focus on one of the individuals profiled in the article. Summarize how schizophrenia has shaped his/her life.
2. Watch:
The Secret Life of the Brain (Episode 3: The Teenage Brain):
3. Resources
What is schizophrenia:
Interview with John Nash (topics include symptoms, treatments, family, mathematics, Nobel Prize)
John Nash - Recovery from Schizophrenia:
Online poll:
Official Site - "A Beautiful Mind"
4. Extra Credit Opportunities and Make-up Work:
* Read the interview with John Nash. Comment on two topics he discusses in his interview. Post your comments here. (Make-up or 10 points extra credit)
* Respond to this post for make-up or extra credit:
* Or, respond to this post for make-up or extra credit:

Friday, April 18, 2008

Civil Rights Mini Course (Quotes to Inspire)

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." Martin Luther King
"History is full of instances where people, against enormous odds, have come together to struggle for liberty and justice, and have won...The essential ingredients of these struggles for justice are human beings who, if only for a moment, if only while beset with fears, step out of line and do something, however small. And even the smallest, most unheroic acts adds to the store of kindling that may be ignited by some surprising circumstance into tumultuous change." Howard Zinn
"Human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness." Howard Zinn
"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle." Martin Luther King Jr.
"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals." Martin Luther King, Jr.
"The time is always right to do what is right. " Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other's welfare, social justice can never be attained." Helen Keller
"We need to help students and parents cherish and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes and strengthens this community - and this nation." CESAR CHAVEZ
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty." MAHATMA GANDHI
"It is from the numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." - Robert F. Kennedy

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Jim Crow

Jim Crow Museum/ Multimedia Presentation:
Jim Crow History:
Listen to the CD "Remembering Jim Crow." Visit the sites linked above. Answer the questions below in the comments section.


1. What was Jim Crow?
2. What seemed to be the purpose behind Jim Crow?
3. Briefly describe the treatment many African Americans endured in the Jim Crow South.
4. What strategies did many African Americans utilize in an effort to physically and psychologically survive in the Jim Crow South?

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Intro to Freedom of Speech

What is "speech"?
What values are fostered by protecting free speech?
Is all speech protected?
Approaches to First Amendment interpretation - Absolutist, Categorical, Balancing
Cases: (see handout)
Watch five award winning High School PSAs on the First Amendment:
Which one do you like best? Why? Post your answer in the comments section.

Civil Rights Mini Course - Unit 1

Civil Rights Mini Course:
Mini Unit: Post Reconstruction-Modern Civil Rights Movement
Watch "Rosewood"
Read, "A Town Called Rosewood"
Read, "America's Shameful Pastime"

Without Sanctuary Photography Exhibit:
Psychology Connections
Listen to "Remembering Jim Crow"
Watch CNN Investigation Unit: The Noose: An American Nightmare

1. Please read the instructions before you do this activity!
Interactive Maps (First, click on "Go to the Maps." Next, click on "Lynchings and Race Riots." First choose lynchings. Click on Wisconsin. Did any lynchings take place here? Now choose "Race Riots." Did any race riots occur here? Now click on "Jim Crow Laws." Choose a topic. Slide your cursor over Wisconsin to see if we had any Jim Crow Laws in each of the areas listed.)

2. In class, we will participate in a "threaded discussion." You will respond to two of the following questions/prompts:
What is "backlash"?
The examples of "backlash" we examined in class included:
What was Jim Crow?
How did some Southern Blacks "resist" Jim Crow?
What is a race riot?
How have race riots changed in the past one hundred years?
What are reparations?
Why is this a controversial issue?

Lesson/Activities tying the material we've covered in class to current issues, in particular, the Jena 6 incident. After completing this unit, are you better equipped to understand the power of symbols, in particular the noose?

History of the noose:
Graphic Map from NY Times - Noose-Related Incidents:
Hate Symbols:

3. Working in groups of three or four, answer questions 2, 3, 4 and 7 (questions found in the link below). Post your answers in the comments section or the worksheet given in class.
More Resources on Hate Symbols:
4. One town's response to hate - Watch the video.
"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it." Martin Luther King, Jr.
"History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people." Martin Luther King, Jr.
Choose one of the three quotes above. Using the quote as your guide, address the actions of the people of Billings, Montana.

Additional Resources:
Resisting Influence:

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Be the Change- A Conversation w/ Arn Chorn Pond

Available beginning Monday, April 28, tune into Be the Change to listen to a special audio podcast event, Preventing Genocide, Promoting Peace: A Podcast Conversation With Arn Chorn Pond. The podcast features Arn talking to three Facing History and Ourselves students who ask him about how his personal history affects the choices he has made. Arn also offers advice on what you can do to help raise awareness about the current genocide in Darfur.

Resources on the Cambodian Genocide:

Time Magazine Article - What Makes Us Moral:,28804,1685055_1685076_1686619,00.html

Watch the podcast and visit the PBS site. Answer the following questions:
1. What was the Khmer Rouge?
2. When did the Cambodian Genocide take place?
3. How did it affect Pond's life? What happened to his family? How did he survive?
4. How did Pond's story affect you?

To learn more about the Cambodian Genocide, watch "The Killing Fields."

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Psychology - Parenting Resources

In response to the disturbing study just released by the CDC and the Federal Administration for Children and Families pertaining to infant neglect and abuse, I've compiled a list of resources that may be of interest to those of you wishing to learn more:
Story on the study:;_ylt=ApUnDXoa4nTvAFV5D16MbtXVJRIF CESA workshop- Shaken Baby Syndrome (MANY valuable resources found here):
Powerful documentary on the issue:
Resources on Shaken Baby Syndrome:
Extra Credit (Post a comment addressing one or both of the questions below):
What do you think needs to be done to eliminate infant and child abuse and neglect? Do you see any measures taken by your school or community to educate people about child abuse and neglect? If so, what is being done?

The Last Lecture

Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and told he has three to six months of "healthy" life, this husband and father of three young children has a message of hope to share:

Ten questions for Professor Randy Pausch (From Time Magazine):
Or watch his last lecture:
Interview with Diane Sawyer:
Randy's Website:

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Autism Awareness Month

More about the documentary:
About Autism (Treatments, therapies, mercury in vaccines, laws...)
More on the controversy over vaccines and Autism, research on boys and Autism...
Coalition for Mercury-Free Drugs
Safe Minds (non profit - raise awareness of mercury in drugs)

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Blood Diamonds

After watching the movie "Blood Diamond" we will participate in a "threaded discussion" in class. You are required to "post" at least two responses to the questions/prompts I've written on the white boards in class. In preparation for this activity, you may want to examine previous posts on the blog pertaining to the issue of conflict diamonds.

What is a conflict diamond?
What is the Kimberley Process?
Who is responsible for keeping conflict diamonds off the world market?
Do you think the movie will change the way consumers think about diamonds?
Now that you are aware of this issue, how are you going to respond?
Previous posts and sites of interest:

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Civil Rights Mini-Course-Section Two

Lab Day
1. Register
2. I want you to spend some time looking at the blog. Several assignments and the final project are posted on the blog. Click the links below to see:
Teaching About Unsung Heroes:
America's Shameful Pastime:
Final Project:
3. When you are finished, visit this link:
4. After visiting the Miniature Earth link, complete this activity:
5. If time permits, post a comment reflecting on either the Miniature Earth link or the Sorting Activity.

Friday, April 4, 2008

April 4 - 40th Anniversary of King's Death

Psychology Students:

If you are finished with the "I am Sam" assignment, visit one of the links below and post a comment on what you've read. In your comment, tell me what you learned and what you are going to DO with the new information you acquired from the reading.

(5 points extra credit)

Shocking study dealing with infant abuse and neglect:;_ylt=ApUnDXoa4nTvAFV5D16MbtXVJRIF
If King had lived...

CNN: Eyewitness to Murder:

The Autism Mystery:

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Resources/ Psychology-Related Topics

Birth Order and Personality:
Meghan, these resources might help:
Research on homosexuality and mental health
APA - FAQ on GLBT issues:
Excellent Resource - a lot of information pertaining to the issue of "converting gays" to be heterosexual - this professor has done A LOT of research in this area. His website has many useful links as well. Bibliography, links to research, etc. A VERY good place to start.

Teen Pregnancy Resources:
"Juno" does it help or hurt?
PsychCentral Article: